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Coastal walks in Northern Ireland

The basalt columns of the Giant's Causeway and distant cliffs at sunset
The famous Giant's Causeway | © National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

From leisurely strolls to rugged hikes, this selection of the best coastal walks in Northern Ireland offer clifftop paths with spectacular sea views, sandy boardwalks through nature reserves and unexpected architecture on headland trails.

Giant's Causeway Red Trail, County Antrim
With many unique viewing points, this bracing clifftop trail has spectacular vistas of the world-famous Causeway Coast that are off the beaten track.See the Giant's Causeway from above
Kearney Coastal walk, County Down
This short coastal route takes in the rugged shoreline of the lower Ards Peninsula and the whitewashed cottages of the traditional fishing village of Kearney.Visit Kearney village
Murlough Nature Reserve North Point trail, County Down
Discover the beauty of Murlough with a walk through the dune heath National Nature Reserve, with the majestic Mourne Mountains as a backdrop.Walk the North Point trail
Castle Ward boundary trail, County Down
This varied route around the country estate includes a section that takes you along the shores of Strangford Lough.Walk the estate and loughside
Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne
Mussenden Temple is an iconic landmark, perched right on the cliff edge at Downhill Demesne. Take a walk along this rugged headland and discover one of the most photographed places in Ireland.Find out more
Visitors on the beach at Bucks Mills, North Devon

Coast and beaches

From wild cliffs and open seas to tranquil beaches and hidden coves, there are endless beautiful places along the coastline we look after to explore.

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